Henri Matisse

Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya

Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya
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Author: Henri Matisse
Portraiture, Painting, Oil on canvas, 64.5x49.5 cm
Origin: France, 1947

Matisse painted this portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya eight years after the Young Woman in a Blue Blouse . We no longer see the captivating charm of youth and tenderness. Here the harsh line which divides the face into planes of yellow and blue makes the image something mysterious and inevitable. The bright sunny side of the face and its mysterous blue alter-ego are like light and shade, the eternal contrasts which lie within the human soul.

Combined, these two colours give birth to the green of the luxuriant hair which forms a marvellous crown on the woman's head.

Through the use of colour contrasts and ornamental expressiveness, the artist with deceptive simplicity conveys the unusual nature of this model, who so captivated him over the last years of his life.

Source of entry: gift of Lydia Delectorskaya, 1967
Exibition: French Art: 19th - 20th centuries

See also

Henri Matisse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Henri Matisse (31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid, brilliant and original draughtsmanship. ...
WebMuseum: Matisse, Henri (-Émile-Benoît)
Provides a detailed overview of Matisse's career and his impact on the world of art.
Henri Matisse
"Henri Matisse was born in 1869, the year the Cutty Sark was launched. The year he died, 1954, the first hydrogen bomb exploded at Bikini Atoll. ...
Henri Matisse - Olga's Gallery
Collection of works of the French artist with biography.

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